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Coastguard rescue hillwalkers stuck on Skye's Bla Bheinn

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Media captionFour walkers airlifted off Isle of Skye

A group of four hillwalkers have been airlifted to safety after getting stuck on a "dangerous ledge" 2,000ft (609m) up a mountain on Skye.

The men were trying to descend Bla Bheinn when they got into difficulty in fading light on Thursday.

They raised the alarm at 20:40 and a rescue operation involving the coastguard, Skye Mountain Rescue Team and Police Scotland was launched.

A coastguard helicopter from Stornoway in Lewis airlifted the men.

They were flown to an airfield at Broadford on Skye. They were uninjured and did not need medical treatment.

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Image caption The walkers were airlifted to safety by a coastguard helicopter

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said it had been a tricky rescue operation carried out on what it described as a dangerous cliff ledge.

A spokesman said: "Winch operator Robert Glendinning and winchman Peter Wood had to use all their skills to rescue the four - the winchman even climbing the cliff at one point to reach them."

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Image caption The walkers in an image captured by the coastguard helicopter crew

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